“Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm”
My Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book picks up quickly after the last one ended, always a pleasure. Alina – now, not so helpless, and more of a weapon, honing her power – and Mal – now one of the most sought-after trackers in the country – are on the run, hiding, but Alina is becoming weak from not using her power, tiring of hiding. Of course, The Darkling – having been left for dead by Alina – finds them, captures them, and uses their talents… until they are saved by the most unlikely of heroes. Yet, despite being almost murdered by Alina’s actions… The Darkling is still obsessed with her – not only her power, but their connection. The consequent plotlines are CAPTIVATING, the new characters on brought are some of my favourite. The humorous dialogue, the characters that lift off of the page, the adept world-building and intriguing developments are awe-striking. *** SPOILERS AHEAD ***
My only, my main issue, with this book – is Mal. He’s loveable enough, skilled and beautiful – but he’s so whiny, so annoying. His only use is for keeping Alina alive as her personal guard… otherwise he may as well bugger off. The Darkling and Nikolai are by far much better matches for Alina.
This book made me angry, frustrated – seething, it made me hurt, made me laugh, made me fall in love. Enough emotions to shatter a relationship, and it was so beautiful.
“The Darkling had told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead, she would make herself a reckoning. She would rise.”
Definitely, unequivocally a recommended read. This book was filled with wit and charm – and, I think, is absolutely my favourite of the trilogy.Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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